Progress Report

 

Out in the western haunted
sand, the exposed heat trembles.
Even now they are taking shotguns to the mustangs,
rioting against the fences, over the
 
sand. The exposed heat trembles,
shocked! They break each other. Bones
rioting against the fences, over the
death. Trapped, they fall,
 
shocked, they break each other’s bones,
the mustang is still.
Deathtrapped, they fell.
Chiaroscuro gold and cyclone blue,
 
the Mustang is still
America. When we rode into the sky,
chiaroscuro gold and cyclone blue,
it all started from the backs of those horses.
 
America, when we rode into the sky,
we looked through the twitching-hot atmosphere at where
it all started. From the backs of those horses,
who could say it was only dirt?
 
We looked through the twitching-hot atmosphere at where
the earth spun, and that made us gods
who could say it was only dirt.
But it was America and a billion, billion horses.
 
The earth spun and that made us gods.
We were children who did not want to go home
but it was America and a billion, billion horses
and something had to be done about them.
 
We were children who did not want to go home,
(Dust of striving muscle and blood),
and something had to be done about them!
How? It is a gun. In the here of our history,
 
even now, they are taking shotguns to the mustangs
out in the western haunted
dust of striving muscle and blood.
Now it is a gun in the ear of our history.

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Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson was born in Dearborn, Michigan. Most of her childhood was spent on horseback. She received a BA in English from Michigan State University and an MA from Ohio University. She loves comic books, Star Trek, and video games. They tend to show up in her writing.

 

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